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Updated on December 25, 2014

Ginger

The look of ginger is pretty unappealing, but you can't judge a book by its cover, right?

Fresh ginger is something that I always have on hand and use almost every day. Come in and discover the wonderful properties and uses of this ancient root.

Medicinal Properties: Part I

Past & Present

Ancient Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic practitioners have been using ginger for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. It is only now that Western medicine is validating what Eastern cultures already knew.

  • Ginger aids in digestion.
  • Ginger may help to improve cholesterol levels.
  • Ginger greatly reduces nausea caused by motion sickness.
  • Ginger induces sweating which in turn expels toxins from the body.

  • Because ginger reduces nausea it is used by patients going through chemotherapy and may also help women experiencing morning sickness. Please note, if you are considering using ginger for morning sickness consult your physician.

Medicinal Properties: Part II

Past & Present

So what is it exactly that makes ginger so beneficial to your health? Ginger contains an active ingredient called gingerol. This constituent or compound stimulates blood flow, which in turn helps relieve pain.

  • If you are suffering from a head cold take some ginger, it is a natural decongestant and antihistamine.
  • Ginger is known as an anti-inflammatory and helps relieve the pain caused by arthritis.
  • Ginger helps to eliminate bad bacteria in the intestines while protecting the good bacteria.

  • In India a ginger paste was applied to the temples to relieve headaches.

  • Researchers in Denmark have found that ginger blocks the effects of prostaglandins. These are the chemicals that cause inflamation of the blood vessels in the brain causing migrains.

Hot & Spicy: Part I

The Sweet Side

"... you can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" - English Fairy Tale

What is better then Sweet and Spicy? I absolutely love this combination! The possibilities are endless especially when you add ginger to fruit.

My personal favorites include, but are not limited to:

  • Ginger Icecreamli

  • Baked Ginger Pearsli

  • Ginger Papaya Saladli

  • Ginger Papaya Salad

  • Crystallized or Candied Ginger

  • Soft Gingerbread Man Cookies (what's Christmas without them?)

Can't Live Without It

This ginger grater is a life saver. Everything about it is great and the clean-up (important for me) is a cinch. The best part, it doesn't rust and can be used for other spices such as nutmeg.

Hot & Spicy: Part II

The Savory (Spicy) Side

"He was never without ginger when he ate. He did not eat much" from The Analect, on Confucius' diet.

There are literally thousands of recipes out there using ginger.

My personal favorites include, but are not limited to:

  • Spicy Ginger Beef
  • Coconut Ginger Chicken
  • Veggie Stir Fry
  • Ginger Carrot Soup
  • Lemon Ginger Shrimp

How to Peel Ginger - Can it Really Be This Simple?

Sometimes the best solutions are the most simple. Just open your kitchen draw and discover the easiest way to peel ginger!

How Do You Like It?

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Ginger Proverbs & Quotes

The older the ginger, the more it bites.

- Chinese Proverb

Can the monkey know the taste of ginger?

- Hindu Proverb

Nose, nose, nose, nose!

And who gave you that jolly red nose!

Sinamont and ginger, nutmegs and cloves,

And that gave me my jolly red nose!

-Thomas Ravenscroft

Is Ginger Your Cup of Tea? - Do you have a favorite recipe?

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      JimMcD 5 years ago

      Ginger is really great for vertigo

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Yes, indeed. Ginger is a lovely and spicy addition to food and sweets.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on your level 50 status!

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      Ginger is amazing. Great lens...blessed!

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      My mom used to make ginger tea. It's good.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens! Ginger adds so much to recipes...it also is great for gallbladder health! ginger gallbladder

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Ginger is one of my favorite foods. I love to make my own stir-fries with fresh ginger, add some to tea when feeling ill and of course fresh ginger in gingerbread is irresistible.

      Thank you so much for your suggestions on my lens.

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      hayleylou lm 8 years ago

      Ginger biscuits were the only thing that I could stomach for the first 3 months of my second pregnancy! 5 stars and I have added this lens to the discovery tool on my motion sickness lens

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      Jeff Wendland 8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      I love ginger. It's great for a sour stomach. I think my favorite form is pickled with sushi. 5* lensrolled and blessed.

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      DaveWalters 8 years ago

      I live in China and one time when my throat was really bothering me and the Chinese doctors gave me antibiotics for a sore throat (they give antibiotics for everything here). I didn't want to take the antibiotics so I went to see a local chinese "healer". He cooked up some ginger tea and made me drink about a gallon of it. Had me drink some more later that evening. The next morning I woke up and felt completely fine! Very cool huh? Cinetech, by the way, thanks alot for your advice on my lens, I really appreciate it!

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      Yes...ginger is my cup of tea! Very soothing to the tummy! Great lens!

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      Webcodes LM 9 years ago

      Thank you for visiting my travel mistakes lens. I love ginger. It really does help with digestion. 5*.

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      Tarra99 9 years ago

      I agree about the "look of it" :o) ...perhaps your lens will expand my use of spices :o)

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      What a great lens! I love it Thank You!

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      ArtSiren LM 9 years ago

      Good lens! I use loads of ginger and garlic in my cookery. I particularly liked the info about the medicinal effects of ginger.

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      Linda Jo Martin 9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      You're inspiring me to try using ginger - something I've never been into... but sounds like something worth experimenting with.

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      cappuccino136 9 years ago

      Ginger is delicious and you've made a very nice lens. Great job!

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nice lens, I love fresh ginger. I always chop it coarsly so I am sure to find good sized chunks in my food :)

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      planet-trotter 9 years ago

      I like this lens! And I share your ginger taste too! this goes to my favs :)

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      coastingalong 9 years ago

      Finally found out the best way to peel ginger. Came at the right time for making my egg rolls. Thanks!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Beautiful lens... I'm featuring it at Culinary Favorites From A to Z. Welcome!